Innovation for a new Arctic

Innovation for a new Arctic

Rapid environmental and social changes in the Arctic region have enormous local and global impacts, from endangering indigenous communities to increasing global sea level....
Friday’s massive earthquake was a potent reminder of Alaska’s risks

Friday’s massive earthquake was a potent reminder of Alaska’s risks

For Alaskans, the most important thing about the powerful earthquake that rattled nerves and damaged roads, businesses and homes Friday was that no one...
We need to fill the gaps in Arctic research before a crisis strikes

We need to fill the gaps in Arctic research before a...

In the event of a major shipping or oil spill disaster, Arctic nations will face unprecedented environmental and humanitarian challenges.A cruise ship fire in...
Why people matter when we talk about Arctic climate change

Why people matter when we talk about Arctic climate change

It is very difficult to have a conversation with an ice floe.You may select a floe with an intriguing personal history; perhaps a past...
A Trump administration report presents a grossly distorted picture of Nordic nations

A Trump administration report presents a grossly distorted picture of Nordic...

The Trump administration didn’t put its top minds to work on “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism,” a 72-page report that paints a dim portrait...
Preserving the Arctic’s indigenous languages will require all of us to work together

Preserving the Arctic’s indigenous languages will require all of us to...

Over the last two decades, Alaska has witnessed a major transition in official state policy toward Alaska Native languages.But it's far too soon to...
The Trump administration’s explanation for failing to protect walruses is laughable

The Trump administration’s explanation for failing to protect walruses is laughable

In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that shrinking sea ice coverage in the Arctic posed a threat to the survival of...
What the new IPCC climate report means for the Arctic

What the new IPCC climate report means for the Arctic

If a half-degree temperature rise in world temperatures doesn’t sound alarming, the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change should put that...
Alaska’s political climate will need to change — and quickly —  as the world warms

Alaska’s political climate will need to change — and quickly —...

While the authors of the recent Alaska climate action plan say they wanted to balance “aspirational goals and feasible implementation,” there is far more...
As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

I was aboard the 364-foot Russian research-cruise ship Akademik Ioffe when it came to a violent stop after grounding on a shoal in a...